Tweaked Brook plans find favour

Last updated 13:00 11/12/2013

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Walking and cycling through the Brook will move more smoothly with a Nelson City Council committee giving the go ahead to revised plans for the area.

Original plans had to be changed after a petition was started by members of the community who were concerned with the original proposals.

Brook Street Store owner Martin Meads started the petition as he was frustrated at potentially losing more car parks outside his store, which would result in lost business. Others were worried about shared paths at the Manuka and Tasman St intersection.

The council's works and infrastructure committee approved a tweaked proposal, which now includes narrowing the Domett and Nile St intersection to improve visibility, increasing the width and quality of Willow Walk, making Bronte St and Manuka St footbridges more cycle friendly while linking the footpath from Bronte St East to Willow Walk.

The roundabout at Manuka and Tasman streets will be made bigger to slow traffic, and a new pedestrian island in the middle of Brook St will be developed.

A "share with care" cycle and vehicle area will be developed from Brook St and Westbrook Tce from the intersection with Nile St to south of Blick St.

Mr Meads said he was "extremely pleased" with the outcome.

"I'm pleased to see common sense prevail. On behalf of the 600 people who signed the petition, I thank the council for seeing reason," he said.

Committee chairman Eric Davy thanked the community for its feedback.

"The committee felt that the revised proposal was a good balance. It addresses the main concerns from residents but still offers improvements to make walking and cycling journeys easier and safe, particularly for the children going to school in the area," he said.

Work on the project will begin after July next year and be done alongside the Tasman St upgrade.

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